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VideoServer Multimedia Conference Servers Connect Users in New Service From Southwestern Bell; Companies Partner to Bring Multipoint, Multimedia Conferencing to Subscribers.

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 1996--VideoServer, Inc., the leading supplier of standards-based Multimedia Conference Servers (MCSs), today announced that Southwestern Bell will use VideoServer's MCSs to market a new multipoint conferencing service.

The offering, called Multipoint Video Service, is the first from a Bell operating company to fully implement Continuous Presence, which allows conference participants to see and hear several sites simultaneously, making conferencing more life-like.

The service, available immediately, offers customers standards-based audio-visual conferencing at 128 and 384 Kbps. Southwestern Bell expects to offer International Telecommunications Union (ITU) T.120 standards-based document conferencing later in the year. T.120 support is available now from VideoServer.

Bob Castle, president and CEO of VideoServer, said: "We're pleased to partner with Southwestern Bell in bringing multimedia conferencing to their territory. VideoServer now has relationships with five of the seven regional Bell operating companies, demonstrating our leadership position in multipoint conferencing technology."

Multipoint Video Service is also the first videoconferencing service to utilize VideoServer's Multirate ISDN, which simplifies network connections and provides a faster, more cost-effective dial-up procedure.

"Working with VideoServer, we are the first Bell operating company to provide customers with Continuous Presence multipoint videoconferencing," said Jesse Carter, switched video marketing manager for Southwestern Bell. "This service fosters real-life interactions among several locations to improve business performance in videoconferencing."

VideoServer's Series 2000 family of MCSs includes five systems ranging from entry-level configurations supporting up to four conference sites to units connecting up to 48 locations for enterprise-wide multimedia communications support. All VideoServer MCSs support the ITU's H.320 audio-visual and T.120 document conferencing standards.

About VideoServer

VideoServer, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSVR) is the leading supplier of networking equipment and associated software used to create multimedia conferences that connect multiple users over wide area networks and allow them to interact as a group. The company's products provide multipoint conferencing, as well as applications for conference control, network management and bandwidth management. VideoServer sells its products to leading videoconferencing equipment suppliers, telephone carriers, conferencing service providers, computer companies and others.

CONTACT: Jack O'Neil Nancy Kashanek

or Mary Campbell or Laura Kempke

VideoServer, Inc. Schwartz Communications, Inc.

(617) 229-2000 (617) 431-0770
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